RIP, Ernest Borgnine

The TV icon died today at 95. Like Andy Griffith —another recently departed figure who became a fixture in our living rooms doing frothy episodic television—Ernest Borgnine possessed a talent that was darker and deeper than many got to see.  Check out the clip below from his Oscar-winning turn in Paddy Chayefsky’s “Marty.” [Read more...]

How to plot like Pixar: “Brave” animator tweets secrets of storytelling

If you have a hankering to make a blockbuster classic animated film, one of the people behind the new Disney/Pixar hit “Brave” has been tweeting what he learned at the drawing board.  From the Wall Street Journal: For the past five years, Pixar has served as my film school. As a storyboard artist, working mainly [Read More...]

Bill Geist reveals he has Parkinson’s

I missed this news this past weekend — I’m usually doing something else on Sunday mornings — but the announcement by the best-selling writer and longtime CBS News correspondent is worth noting.  Bill Geist is a national treasure, and an all-around good guy.  (On top of that — if memory serves — I believe his [Read More...]

RIP, Andy Griffith

Word that the television icon, best known as the sheriff of Mayberry  and father of Opie, has died at the age of 86. People tend to forget what a spellbinding actor he could be. His standout performance in Elia Kazan’s “A Face in the Crowd” is still a stunner — and the story itself, recounting [Read More...]

Great moments in journalism: CNN investigates its big boo-boo

Or, as a memo to the staff put it: As you all know by now, our initial reporting of the decision turned out to be wrong. Despite the best of intentions, we told our viewers and our online readers that the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act had been struck down when, in fact, [Read More...]

Catholic bloggers: missionaries at the keyboard

From the Shameless Self Promotion Desk: Catholic News Service, via the Boston Pilot, has a writeup on the blogging panel I took part in last week in Indianapolis: Blogging offers the Catholic Church one more way to evangelize for the faith while reaching new audiences, especially young people, a panel of Catholic bloggers told a [Read More...]

“It is very well to sing ‘God Bless America,’ but how can He bless us if we hate?”

“Our unity must be in God or we will fall as other nations that have abandoned God have fallen and will fall. There are too many divisions and classes among us in America now; too many hates, too few deep loves; too much tolerance based on expediency and not enough tolerance grounded in charity; too [Read More...]

Great moments in journalism: CNN on health care ruling — UPDATED

CNN’s website at 10:10 am ET:   CNN’s website at 10:13 am ET: UPDATE: Seems Fox botched it, too, according to this screen shot from Andrew Sullivan: Yahoo news has a little analysis of this kerfuffle, which compares it to “Dewey Defeats Truman.” [Read more...]

Fulton Sheen moves closer to sainthood

From the AP: Pope Benedict XVI has put Fulton John Sheen, the U.S. bishop whose radio and TV shows denouncing Communism and liberal psychology had a big following, on the path to sainthood. The Vatican said Thursday the pope formally recognized the `’heroic virtues” of Sheen, a former Rochester bishop who died in New York [Read More...]

It’s true: it don’t rain there in the summertime

When I arrived in Indianapolis for the 2012 Catholic Media Conference, one of the prevailing prayers I heard again and again was for rain. The region has been battling drought. The ground was parched. Grass was brown. The air was hot. But the city was in good spirits and did a fine job of rolling [Read More...]


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